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RB Cameron Marshall who was doubtful with a sprained ankle and ran for 141 yards on 25 carries and three TDs. He surprised the Trojans with a 70-yard TD run on the fourth play by ASU, scoring on a missed tackle by Jawanza Starling.
Score: Arizona State 43, USC 22
Arizona State (3-1) ended its 11-game losing streak to USC (3-1) as the Trojans self destructed with four turnovers and missed red zone opportunities, penalties and only 1-of-9 third down conversions.
The more experienced (29 seniors) Sun Devils played a turnover free game, limited their penalties and took advantage turnovers to score most of their points.
USC outgained ASU 402 to 392 total yards with a 35:31 to 24:29 time of possession advantage.
Just when it seemed like the Trojans would get back in the game in the first half, they self-destructed. Trailing 14-6, USC had the ball on the ASU 12, and Matt Barkley threw an interception to ASU LB Vontaze Burfict, who was playing out of position. His long return set ASU up for another TD for a 21-6 lead.
Just when the Trojans got back in the game and took a 22-21 lead in the third quarter and had the momentum, they self destructed. A pass interference helped ASU score another TD to take a 28-22 lead. Then Marc Tyler fumbled at the ASU 25 after several good runs.
USC was driving for a go-ahead score early in the fourth quarter, and Barkley fumbled at the ASU 18. A questionable personal foul call on T.J. McDonald (his third of the night) helped ASU go ahead 36-22. Then, Barkley threw a pick-six interception as he was being tackled to make the final score 43-22.
ASU QB Brock was 25-of-32 for 223 yards and two TDs. The biggest surprise for ASU was RB Cameron Marshall, who was doubtful with a sprained ankle and ran for 141 yards on 25 carries and three TDs. He surprised the Trojans with a 70-yard TD run on the fourth play by ASU, scoring on a missed tackle by Jawanza Starling.
USC QB Matt Barkley had one of his worst games in three seasons, with two pass interceptions and a fumble on 21-of-33 passing for 227 yards. He missed some open receivers on critical plays that would have changed the momentum of the game and then gave the ball away on those turnovers.
Trojan WR Robert Woods had another terrific game with eight catches for 131 yards and a 47-yard kickoff return. Freshman kicker Andre Heidari was 3-for-3 on field goals.
ASU played a good game on both sides of the ball, and that was good enough to beat the mistake prone Trojans.
The Sun Devils replaced the Trojans in the AP top 25 in Week 5, moving up to No.25. This is a focused and unified Arizona State team who has overcome injuries, a tough road loss and has 29 seniors.
ASU hosts Oregon State in an easy game.